Rain cuts in Northern Districts' first innings
Rain halted the Northern Knights' chances of moving up the Plunket Shield ladder at Seddon Park yesterday.
Sitting at the bottom of the Plunket Shield standings, the defending champion Knights were looking to pick up first innings batting points after being sent in by the Canterbury Wizards on day one, but only faced 50 overs before the rain came down, wiping out any chance of further play.
Northern ended the day at 125-2, recovering from the early loss of opener Brad Wilson, who received a good delivery from Canterbury's Worcestershire import Gareth Andrew that saw Wilson caught behind for seven.
Knights stalwart James Marshall was playing his 121st first-class match, breaking former Wellington stalwart Evan Gray's record for most games played for one province, and he looked set to make the most of the occasion by playing powerfully against the Wizards' seam attack.
However, after surviving a dropped catch at point on 38, nine runs later Ryan McCone got Marshall to nick a straight one and Tom Latham took the catch low down to his left at first slip.
In-form Knights opener Joey Yovich played steadily throughout the day, striking seven fours, and will resume his innings today on 40, with Daryl Mitchell joining him on eight.
Andrew was the pick of the Wizards bowlers, bowling a consistent good line on off-stump, while McCone was the only other bowler to look remotely dangerous.
With rain forecast for the next few days, both teams will be looking to take as many first innings batting and bowling points as possible in order to boost their position in the race for the Plunket Shield.
NORTHERN KNIGHTS vs CANTERBURY WIZARDS
Seddon Park, Hamilton
B Wilson c B Cachopa b GM Andrew 7
J Yovich not out 40
J Marshall c TWM Latham b RJ McCone 47
D Mitchell not out 8
Extras (b 5, lb 14, wd 2, nb 2) 23
Total (for 2 wickets, 50.5 overs) 125
Fall: 1-9 (B Wilson, 3.6), 2-95 (J Marshall, 40.6)
Bowling: W Lonsdale 14-6-34-0 (1w, 2nb), G Andrew 15-8-27-1, R McCone 14-4-24-1, E Nuttall 7.5-0-21-0 (1w)